Don’t Sell Out! You Were Born For a Reason

Don't sell out! You were born for a reason
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Guest post by Mr. Self Development.

Everything that exists has a purpose. My computer has a purpose, my shoes have a purpose, my watch has a purpose, if I had a dog, he or she would have a purpose, and most importantly, you have a purpose.

You showed up on this planet for a reason. Maybe you showed up to sing, or to dance, or to teach, or to write, or to entertain, or to act, or to talk, or to cook, or to paint, or any other thing, but you showed up for a reason. There’s a purpose that you came here to fulfill. Don’t “sell out!”

In other words, don’t settle for a life of doing a mundane job that you’re not passionate about. You only live once, you must live your life to the fullest; you must die empty.

Don’t buy into the thinking that it’s too hard to become a singer or whatever else you’re passionate about. It’s exactly that thinking that will make it appear like an impossible task, and your perception will become your reality.

Yes, it will take work; you and I both know that anything worth achieving is going to take a ton of work, but we also know that it will be worth it in the end.

Everyone is born a diamond in the rough; we just need to be uncovered. The truth is, if anyone else can succeed in this world, so can you. No one is any better than you.

So don’t sell out! No matter how long it takes, I don’t care if it takes the next 45 years; you owe it to your creator and to yourself to live out your intended purpose.

You will never be truly happy until you’re doing what you were created to do. Yes, you may be able to settle and push your feelings of dissatisfaction to the side, but there’s nothing like the exhilaration of doing what you love and watching others benefit from it. Even if you never make a dime from it…the joy of doing what you love is priceless.

Don’t “sell out” because you’re afraid of how much work it will take

Even natural-born hunters like lions must spend years practicing before they’re any good. It’s definitely going to take a lot of work to live your passion. Probably many hours for many years, but when you’re doing what you love, you’ll enjoy it, and you’ll work hard to ensure that it doesn’t take you forever to succeed.

Don’t “sell out” because you’re afraid of how much time it will take

You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who wanted to be a doctor, but was unwilling to go back to school for eight years. When asked by his friend why he wasn’t going to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor he said, “I would love to become a doctor, but I would have to go back to school for eight years, and in eight years I’m going to be 40 years old! His wise friend responded, “Well, how old will you be in eight years if you don’t go back to school?”

The point is the years will go by, the time will pass, you will eventually get into your future; make sure you arrive there having accomplished what you were created to accomplish. So what if it takes you a little longer than normal, so what if you succeed at 60 instead of 16, will it matter at 60? No. The only thing that will matter is if you sold yourself short, if you settled for mediocrity when you were born for greatness.

Don’t “sell out” because you’re afraid you’ll fail!

You will eventually succeed. If you work in an area you’re passionate about and give your best, you will eventually experience success.

In conclusion, do what you were created to do, even if you must do it while you’re working your “9-5” job, with seven kids, a dog, and a hamster. Make the time; nothing is more important. The world needs what you have, and the world is waiting for you to be manifested. Success will be yours when you do!

This guest post was written by Mr. Self Development. Please support Mr. Self Development by subscribing to his blog. Mr. Self Development is a motivational author who offers a practical guide to success and wealth.

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  • Bill November 2, 2009, 4:22 pm

    If there were a creator, he would not make you struggle for 45 years to fulfill his plan for your life. How could a real creator do that unless A) He wants struggle to be the purpose of your life. B) He is worse at pulling strings or giving guidance than a mortal being. C. You are somehow more in need of all this bad stuff because you bother to do what others never even attempt.

  • ralph November 2, 2009, 4:37 am

    Fantastic! Life's too short. Why not do what you were meant to do? You have to stay on this planet until its time to go, what else is there to do? Why not take risks? Fulfill your purpose? Challenge and accomplish? Go all out and do something worthwhile?

    Many people are afraid of risk and failure but I'm truly believe that there is nothing to be afraid of. Great post!

    • mrselfdevelopment November 2, 2009, 8:13 am

      Ralph…while a few folks may have missed the point of this article…you my friend have not…have an amazing day!!!

  • Amber October 20, 2009, 3:46 pm

    Wow. What an egotistical approach to self-fulfillment. It sounds like you've determined a certain narrow definition of success–that which relates to career success–and decided that one must sacrifice everything in order to get there.

    I feel very sad for you–its such a shallow definition of happiness–some far off land of achievement in which everything must be sacrificed today.

    I feel like maybe you haven't had enough life experience to realize the things one trades in this all-encompassing pursuit of a goal. The process never ends, I'm sure you know, once you get there another elusive goal lies around the corner and what about the choices you've made and not made along the way? Those consequences?

    As someone who is in the middle of pursuing her dream–Medical School–despite challenges like 2 kids– I am a little taken aback by your cavalier, over-simplyfing, and dismissive attitude about the obstacles people face in trying to achieve their dreams. I'm blessed with a supportive spouse who believes in my dream and the saccrifices required of both of us–we both know many more obstacles lie ahead–but we've made this “our plan” for our lives together and figured out how to make it work for kids and jobs… it was never about MY dream, MY job, MY success… its about OUR life.

    *An unrelated note* I checked out your blog to see where you are coming from… Dude, you seriously need to check that ego… No comments on your blog? No two-way conversations? You lost all credbility right there.

    • mrselfdevelopment October 21, 2009, 1:37 pm


      You seem like an intelligent person, but I think you completely missed the point of my article….have an amazing day!!!

  • David Turnbull October 7, 2009, 6:56 pm

    I'm surprised this article has been met with such negativity. Yes, the idea of following your passion isn't exactly groundbreaking, but every millionaire who started with very little have said that their passion for what they were doing kept them doing.

    And maybe being a millionaire doesn't matter to you, but you need to be passionate about something to have any true success in it. I've built many websites over the years and the ones that I actually cared about grew the fastest, shined the brightest, and were simply the most fun.


  • Girlie | Digital Room October 7, 2009, 4:51 am

    “Don’t “sell out” because you’re afraid you’ll fail!”

    – The fear of failure seems to be one of the most common problems that creative people experience. They always tend to think that they have to impress or satisfy others, that's why they become so scared of making mistakes. Great job on writing an inspirational post for your readers.

  • Phil Bolton October 7, 2009, 3:28 am

    Great article. It is important to consider your passions in the way that you live life if you hope to find happiness (or remove suffering). It's vital to also consider your values and ensure they are served in your life choices. Simply following your passion to the detriment of larger guiding values will often lead to struggle and unhappiness.

    Phil –

  • Name October 4, 2009, 6:30 am

    Financial nonsense. Pride isn't power. Many young people who “won't sell out” and “living for the present” with jobs in entertainment or sports business ends up living a worse trajectory life on almost every quantifiable satisfaction factor. Their middle ages are fraught with job insecurity, divorces, health crises and life barely falling apart at the seams in a vicious cycle.

    And a lot of us who did “sell out” to a mundane but paying job and followed the money first to have sustainable financial independence, have much more self-empowerment, self-esteem, and the money cushion to then work on hobby-jobs, to go on frequent vacations to where we prefer, and live richer lives with better social circles.

    I say this because now that I work for fun in the media industry as a producer, I see how often lack of money makes actors/artists/creative types to take humiliation and do desperate things to their detriment because they haven't got bargaining power.

  • Glen Stansberry September 30, 2009, 11:46 am

    Who says your passions can't also be hobbies? They don't have to be second jobs. They can be hobbies that also earn money, and might eventually become a primary source of income in the near future.

    I think the point of the article is that people give up on what they're wired to do because it's “too hard”.

    While it's incredibly important to value things like family and spouses, if you're not finding time to pursue what's REALLY important to you, you're just not being creative ;) Also, I think the difference in your demeanor doing what you truly love would make your family happy.

    Families and friends are more supportive than you might think… don't ask them to give up their time with you, ask them to be a part of your journey!

  • supersuit September 30, 2009, 11:18 am

    “In conclusion, do what you were created to do, even if you must do it while you’re working your “9-5” job, with seven kids, a dog, and a hamster.”

    In 30 years, you'll be retired and have 7 grown kids whom you hardly know and hardly know you because you weren't there to raise them. My opinion? Work at a job and use the hours spent otherwise chasing your dream job investing in hobbies (sports, family, church) that make you truly content.

    • mrselfdevelopment September 30, 2009, 11:47 am


      You can fulfill your dreams without ignoring your family, people do it all the time, but more often than not, people make-up excuses as to why they can't succeed….

  • jvaudreuil September 30, 2009, 10:21 am

    Following your passions seems to be the latest fad, much like living green was a few years ago, much like the pet rock was decades ago.

    If you want to follow your passions, find a company you you want to be behind and work for them. Few jobs are going to be all gravy. Stop focusing on the job, focus on what you and your colleagues are creating as a company.

    • tiffany_88 September 30, 2009, 11:39 am

      Following your passion, the reason you were created is like owning a pet rock….ignorance is very expressive I see…

      • jvaudreuil September 30, 2009, 12:03 pm

        First off, can we assume we were created for some specific reason?

        If we assume so, then either 1) our parents had a purpose for us or 2) a higher being had a purpose for us. Does this mean we have a predetermined path, or that we're supposed to follow one? I doubt many successful people will tell you they just did what they were supposed to do and OF COURSE it would work out.

        As for the pet rock comment – fads come and go. This seems like the perfect fad as the economy is down and people are struggling to find a job. Are most people THAT unhappy with their jobs?

        I think there's a difference between finding a job worth doing and following one's passion. Hey, if you want to do something, if you're great at it, if you're willing to dedicate time to it – GO FOR IT.

        No guarantees it works out, though. I say that out of experience, not as a naysayer.

      • Glen Stansberry September 30, 2009, 12:18 pm

        No, I think you bring up some excellent points. This advice may not be for everyone, and there are definitely some risks involved.

        I just think that the article was trying to hit more on the fact that people need a kick in the pants to pursue what they should really be doing. I know I do :)

      • mrselfdevelopment September 30, 2009, 1:28 pm

        Glen, is absolutely correct, well said Glen!